Embrace the Hideous Immaculate



Embrace the Hideous Immaculate is an excursion through nightmarish landscapes, vast alien terrains and shallow earthly trenches. Within these realms of darkness await outer space monstrosities, ancient undead goddesses, serial killer prophets, and revenants from the Deep South and South Pacific. Bram Stoker Award nominee, Chad Hensley, pushes the reader face first off a cliff and into the bottomless, abyssal plain where vast horrors lurk underground in cities made from infant bones.

In a collection that marries literary and contemporary horror, Hensley uses gothic subtext with a modern spin to send the living to the grave while the dead rise and walk the streets. The poetry contained in Embrace the Hideous Immaculate is unflinching and grotesque, mixing gore and depravity with verse that is both evocative and illuminating as noted by renowned Lovecraftian author and scholar Wilum H. Pugmire’s insightful introduction.


What Are They Saying About Embrace the Hideous Immaculate

“Now that I have been privy to the eldritch horror that lies within the pages of Chad Hensley’s ‘Embrace The Hideous Immaculate’ and shivered, I find that I am somewhat perturbed by the fact that the author knows where I live!”David J. (founding member of Bauhaus/Love and Rockets), author Who Killed Mister Moonlight?

“The images evoked with his words have a terrible beauty and the language is in turn elegant and revolting and often, paradoxically, both.”—Diane Severson, Amazing Stories

“With so many participants in the rather new “macabre poetry” movement, if movement it may be regarded (the poets at least tend to know each other and are a community), it’s hard to say who might be the best of them all. But certainly Chad Hensley is in the upper ranks…Sid Vicious meets William Faulkner.” —Jessica Amanda Salmonson, World Fantasy Award winner

“Chad Hensley’s verse whispers of the darkness that surrounds each of us in a voice that is as chilling as it is lyrical. A worthy volume to put alongside those of Brennan and Wandrei.” —John Pelan, publisher of Midnight House

“Sick, macabre, and charged with lyrical intensity.” —Nasty Piece of Work

“For me, poetry best succeeds when it is as beautiful as it is dark and haunting. In this collection, we are assaulted by waves and waves of gorgeous, imaginative imagery, in scintillating language.”  —from the Introduction by W.H. Pugmire

“…a fine collection of about sixty-five dark poems.”—Ellen Datlow, Best Horror of the Year Volume 7